An enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center co-director is calling on U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren stop making a false claim that she has Native American ancestry.
On several occasions, President Donald Trump has mocked Warren, a former Harvard Law School professor, and a possible 2020 Democrat opponent if she wins reelection from Massachusetts this year, with the nickname "Pocahontas."
To put this controversy in some context, political critics of Elizabeth Warren originally mocked her with the derisive "Fauxcahontas" (rather than Pocahontas) moniker, which is a play on words from the Senate election about six years ago.
In running against then-GOP Senator Scott Brown (who is now U.S. ambassador to New Zealand) in 2012, Elizabeth Warren maintained that she was 1/32 Cherokee based on Oklahoma family folklore, including that her grandfather had high cheekbones. No formal corroboration of this claim's validity has ever emerged, however. There are persistent allegations that Warren nonetheless used her "minority" status to obtain important law teaching positions at several Ivy League universities under affirmative action.
In an appearance on Watters' World on the Fox News Channel, the above-referenced Cherokee activist, Rebecca Nagle, provided this commentary about Elizabeth Warren.
"As a mixed Native woman, I get to relive the stereotypes that Warren perpetuates every day…I'm not 'part-Cherokee,' I am Cherokee. I'm a citizen of a federally recognized tribe. We are contemporary people. We have vibrant communities. We are not fractions of imagined Indians that used to exist. So what I would love to see Elizabeth Warren do is take responsibility for her false claim…there are a lot of people who are confused and think they are Cherokee when don't have any Cherokee relatives..."